Have you taken the census? The 2020 census, launched April 1, is designated to collect basic information on every U.S. resident, including age, race, sex and marital status.
The census impacts us in three main ways:
- The census determines representation in the U.S. Congress.
- The census determines allocation of critical federal funding for programs and services, including funding for community development and housing, education, transportation, healthcare and so much more.
- The census assists local decision making on school construction, economic development, transportation projects, and more.
It is estimated that the State of Maryland lost $1 billion in funding over the past 10 years because of Marylanders that were not counted in the 2010 census. That equates to around $18,000 for each person living in Maryland.
Did you know that about a third of our nation’s households are spending more than what is financially healthy on housing, or a maximum of 30 percent of total income? In Maryland, with a population of over 6 million, 31.5% of households, spend more than 30% of their household income on housing.
Based on the 2010 census, Maryland received roughly $16.4 billion in federal funding for programs such as low-income housing loans.
Now is the time to take action! You can complete the census online, by phone or via U.S. Mail.
Personal data shared through the census is not disclosed. The census is safe and easy.
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